Title page for ETD etd-07102012-164634

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Barker, Jacqueline Grace
Author's Email Address jacquelinebarker@ipsb.net
URN etd-07102012-164634
Title The Effect of Instructional Methodologies on Student Achievement Modeling Instruction vs. Traditional Instruction
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Slezak, Cyrill Committee Chair
Browne, Dana Committee Member
Butler, Les Committee Member
  • normalized gain
  • modeling curriculum
  • chemistry concept inventory
Date of Defense 2012-06-28
Availability unrestricted

Different teaching styles can impact student learning in many ways. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of Modeling Instruction on student achievement in a high school Chemistry course. Different tests were used to compare the data at the beginning of a school year and at the end of the school year. The tests used were to determine gains in chemistry content knowledge, abilities to reason scientifically, and attitudes about learning chemistry. The control group was taught by traditional instruction through the use of lecture, note-taking, and textbook guided assignments. The experimental group was taught by the use of the Modeling Curriculum from Arizona State University, which consists of daily group activities, including white-boarding, journal-writing, and self-discovery tactics. As far as concepts in Chemistry were concerned, based on Chemistry Concept Inventory normalized gains, there was a significant gain for the Modeling group independent of studentsí prior exposure to Physical Science and gender. There was also a positive increase towards favorable attitudes in learning Chemistry for the Modeling sample, based on the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science-Chemistry. The data in this study shows utilizing Modeling instruction in a high school Chemistry setting is effective for positive gains in content knowledge and attitudes about chemistry.

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